United States of America: Monitoring & Evaluation Consultant

Organization: Population Services International
Country: United States of America
Closing date: 05 Mar 2017

Job title: M&E Consultant

Department: Family Planning and Reproductive Health (FP/RH)

Based in Washington, D.C.

Up to 25% international travel

Reports to the Adolescents 360 (A360) Project Director

Who we are

We’re Population Services International (PSI), the world’s leading non-profit social marketing organization. We work to make it easier for people in the developing world to be healthy by providing access to products and services that range from mosquito nets to HIV testing.

There are over 9,000 “PSI’ers” around the world. It’s a diverse group of entrepreneurs and professionals with an unusually wide range of backgrounds – from the medical industry to the music business – all with unique skills we bring to the job.

Join us!

PSI seeks an M&E Consultant to support the creation of a flexible, feasible, and nimble monitoring plan for the exciting A360 project that addresses adolescent girls’ sexual and reproductive health in Ethiopia, Nigeria, and Tanzania.

With the generous support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF), PSI is implementing A360, an innovative investment with a consortium of partners including the Society for Family Health/Nigeria (SFH/Nigeria), Triggerise, the Center on the Developing Adolescent from the University of California, Berkeley, and IDEO.org. The project is working with adolescents, young people, parents, community members, providers, and policy makers in Ethiopia, Nigeria, and Tanzania to design scalable, cost-effective models aimed at increasing voluntary, modern contraceptive use among adolescent girls aged 15-19.

A draft monitoring plan for the project has been completed, but it requires refinement to meet the rigorous criteria of the donors, while also meeting programmatic needs for flexibility and creativity in reporting and learning and providing a key data source to the project’s external evaluation.

We seek a creative and self-motivated M&E Consultant with in-depth field experience in the design and implementation of large-scale monitoring plans to capture and drive program achievements. Experience with multi-country projects and/or M&E for adolescent and youth sexual and reproductive health programs is a plus.

Sound like you? Read on.

Your contribution

You will:

You will work closely with country-level programmatic and M&E teams in the three countries and consult with the project’s external evaluation team to refine a draft monitoring plan for the A360 project focusing on making it more:

  • Feasible and in line with budget requirements,
  • Nimble and flexible,
  • Well-understood by both the in-country program and M&E staff, and
  • Acceptable to donors.

We currently expect to need a consultant for about 30 days in January-March 2017 for this very high-profile project. Much of this work may be done remotely, but the consultant should expect to spend 4-5 days in each project country (Ethiopia, Nigeria, and Tanzania) working closely with the country office M&E and program teams. This position will require close coordination and collaboration with country teams as well as with PSI’s Evidence Teams such as Evidence for Implementation, Strategic Research and Evaluation, Program Analytics, and the RH Health Researchers.

Specific Deliverables:

  • A final monitoring plan, including tools, templates and detailed budget (agreed on by country teams);
  • Design and deliver training on the monitoring plan including tools and templates for data collection, and reporting and presentation to project staff both core and country-level; and
  • Presentation of the monitoring plan to Gates and CIFF representatives and the external evaluation team.

What are we looking for?

The basics

  • Masters or doctorate degree in public health, health informatics, information sciences, behavioral sciences, epidemiology, population studies, or a related field.
  • 10 years of experience creating and leading implementation of large, complex, national or multinational M&E efforts preferably in the area of reproductive health and contraception.
  • Proven experience designing and implementing M&E frameworks, including: routine data collection, data quality assurance, and data use.
  • Demonstrated experience working in sub-Saharan Africa, preferably in the Horn of Africa, the Sahel and/or southern Nigeria.
  • Expertise in adolescent sexual and reproductive health highly desired.
  • Expertise in collecting contraceptive service delivery data in a variety of service delivery settings (public, private, and outreach).
  • Knowledge of DHIS2 desirable.
  • Experience with electronic data collection and mHealth solutions highly desirable.
  • Ability to interpret data and explain findings to non-technical audiences.
  • Demonstrated experience with data analysis and visualization solutions.
  • Experience on engaging beneficiaries such as youth in data collection.
  • Excellent English written, verbal, and inter-personal communication skills.
  • Experience and excellence in working with large, multinational, and intercultural teams.
  • High-level attention to detail and effective time management skills.

What would get us excited?

  • Pragmatic: You have deep experience with M&E and with a focus on practical, cost-effective, and creative solutions to collecting data in challenging circumstances and presenting it in ways that allow programmers to use it to guide decisions.

  • Strong Communicator: You communicate effectively with researchers and non-researchers along a variety of learning curves and needs. You have excellent written, verbal, and inter-personal communication skills and an ability to train others.

  • Creative: You see figuring out the challenge of collecting sensitive data from adolescents through a highly novel program design as an exciting contribution to the field of public health. You have attacked thorny M&E challenges with success.

  • Self-starter: You can work independently, manage your own projects, and meet deadlines.


PSI is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from qualified individuals regardless of actual or perceived race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, personal appearance, matriculation, political affiliation, family status or responsibilities, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, childbirth, related medical conditions or breastfeeding, genetic information, amnesty, veteran, special disabled veteran or uniform service member status or employment status.


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